Thursday, August 16, 2018

Romancing the Goth Tip #19: Wish You Were Here

(Originally posted on 05/26/11)

Greetings my dear Gothlings!

Face one point or another in your relationship, you will be apart from your bleakheart, especially early in in the relationship. Whether on a vacation, at a wedding, at a funeral, on a business trip, or at a Goth music festival in Germany... you will eventually spend some time apart, agonizing for his or her presence. That's where postcards are a great thing! But don't just send one...time it so that you send one for everyday you are apart! 

Sure, in this day in age it is a lot easier and maybe even cheaper to simply send off a text message...but believe you me, everyone...and I mean EVERYONE (!!!) enjoys receiving something personal in the (snail)mail. Postcards are the perfect mix of something fun, whimsical, and cheesy in their own's also a throwback to the 1950's and 60's when families took summer road trips across the country.

Don't know what to write about everyday for an extended period of time? That's need not write a novel on each and every card. A simple "I miss you" or a funny joke will do; you can even count down the days until you are reunited...just jot down SOMETHING!

Bonus Tip!!! Actually, this can be as effective even if you aren't miles apart in some far off land...send him or her a postcard from right where you live and write something like: "Wish you were my arms/in my bed/in my coffin" get the idea...Just be sure to send only one; one every day in this circumstance is just plain odd behavior!

See you in the Dark!

Sir William Welles

Monday, July 9, 2018

Romancing the Goth Tip #18: Fist Bump

(originally posted on 5/26/11)

Fist Bump between girlfriend/boyfriend, lovers, or married couple...DON'T!!!

See you in the Dark!

Sir William Welles

Friday, June 22, 2018

Romancing the Goth Tip #17: Frame It!

(originally posted on 5/25/11)

Greetings my dear Gothlings!

Here is a very simple, yet a very effective and indirect romantic gesture that really doesn't need much creativity. Take something that your lover has either given to you or that you've shared together...this can be a greeting card, a letter, concert ticket stubs, movie ticket stubs, a nightclub flyer where you first met/first kissed, a hotel key, etc...Basically anything of significance, except an actual photograph! You are then going to go to a home decor/craft/art store and find a frame appropriate enough to stick that certain something into and then proudly display it in your home for your lover, freinds, and family to see. If the object isn't flat, be sure to ask for a shadowbox and properly mount said item in the center using glue, tape, or by any means necessary. This will demonstrate to your better half that you do not take significant events and/or gestures for granted, and that you are proud enough to display them for the world to see. This also should be used if you have started a 'shrine' (see Tip #15). Wanna know what mine is? Last year, I framed a copy of a Playbill issue of the Addams Family Musical. (Go see that musical!!! Well worth the pricey cost of tickets!)

Let me know what cool things you've put in frames...

See you in the Dark!

Sir William Welles

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Romancing The Goth Tip #16: Blood Vials

(Originally posted on 5/13/11)

Greetings my dear Gothlings!

While certainly not for the squeamish or the mundane, blood vial jewelry (like those featured on is the perfect mix of something odd, unique, repulsive (to most), sentimental, endearing, and highly romantic! The concept is pretty clear and simple: blood is considered the essence of life, and by wearing around a few c.c.’s of your lover’s hemoglobin you have, in a way, a piece of them with you at all times…much the way carrying around a lock of hair or a locket with a picture of your mate works (see previous tip)…except darker. Moreover, if and when you and your loved one decide to exchange blood vials, you can make it into a whole private ritual between the both of you (pricking your finger or slicing open a vein and all) to celebrate the occasion…much like back in the day “going steady” was commemorated by pinning a girl (Whoa! Talk about a Brady Bunch flashback), or proposing marriage…except it is much more mutual and symbolic, if you are a vampire or not!

See you in the Dark!

Sir William Welles 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Romancing the Goth Tip #15: Gothic Pine

(originally posted on 5/10/11)

Greetings my dear Gothlings!

No…not that kind of Gothic pine…that’s my Xmas tree! The Gothic pine I’m referring to is a deep and sorrowful longing or yearning for the love of someone in particular or for love in general, intertwined with the feelings and rituals of mourning. Did that make any sense? No…probably not. Let’s delve deeper, shall we?

Back in Ye’ Olden Times when marriages were arranged, hidden affairs were abundant, sexuality was repressed, and romance was ritualistic, existed the act of pining. It transcended mere love…it was deeper, and even more emotionally painful than love. Pining for a loved one was often attributed to factors such as great physical distances – a husband off to war or a fiancĂ©e in another land; forbidden love – a married lover, someone of lesser social status, or a family member (they were plenty scandalous back then!); unrequited love – whether knowingly or not, meaning that that the one who pines for the other’s love has made his/her intentions known or it is kept secret; and finally, the pining of lost loved one separated by death. No matter what the circumstance may be, it is that last element that central to pure Gothic pining: death.

To properly Goth pine one must be in a sort of state of mourning for the loss of the particular love inertest, as if, indeed, that person has passed away and will never return. It is gut-wrenching and emotionally taxing, but if done right and executed properly eventually the payoff is of great reward…or you’ll just end up a mopey mess…either was you get to dress in black! With that said, Gothic pining is not just a feeling of despair, there are rituals involved to help you express your long drawn out passion for someone…it’s what makes it interesting! 

Again, you must harken back  to Ye Olden Days of yore for your (*giggle* yore/your) inspiration for pining rituals…way back before the ease of mass communication on a global scale; back when people took the time and effort to cherish a loved; back when one poured out his or her feelings without being accused of being an obsessed stalker; and back when a love letter consisted more than:    “ :)    <3     XOXOXO!!!”  
Yes, those days really did exist, trust me! 

Some of these arcane yet lovely rituals were/are: 

• Keeping a picture of your loved one in a locket and always carrying it around with you so that when the occasion arises you can look at their picture and enjoy a heavy sigh of what could be. 

• On the same level is keeping a framed picture of your “pinee” on your desk or shelf so that they seem somewhat ever present – *Note: a 5 ft x 3 ft oil painting portrait hanging over your bed might be a bit much!

• Something that might seem a tad on the creepy side today but was quite commonplace in the past few hundred years ago was to keep a lock (not the clickity-clack kind) of your lover’s hair. I actually find this ritual quite endearing and I wish it would make a comeback. “Excuse me, but may I have a lock of your cyber-dreads?” (LOL!!!)

• Another ritual that might is to spray a bit of your lover’s habitual perfume or cologne on a handkerchief (or pillow) and having it handy to take a reminiscent sniff once in a while. Did you know that the brain triggers more memories due to olfactory (sense of smell) stimuli than any other senses? ‘Tis true! Again, while this might seem a bit creepy by today’s standards, it’s a light year away in creepiness from sniffing your lover’s used underwear (I’m looking at you, weird Japanese men with your vending machines)!!!

• Love-letter writing (see tip #7). Don’t just write something simple and stupid. Be fanciful. Even if you’re going to see your girlfriend at this weekend’s Goth party, write to her as if she’s not only thousands of miles away, but also in another time…as if she was off on some sort of wondrous adventure and you are left behind with only thoughts and memories of her running endlessly though your mind! Be  sure to mail it by snail-mail!!! Everyone likes receiving physical letters via the mail…sadly, in this day in age, it’s a lost art.

• As far as poetry goes, if you are not quite secure in your rhyming abilities (for help see: as compared to most others, simply search for “Love Poems” on Google and borrow from the masters…just be sure to credit them with their name at the bottom. No one likes a plagiarist. But don’t just write (or copy) poetry…present it! Recently, I sent a poem to a certain someone for a birthday occasion that took me about a month to perfect…but I just didn’t write it out on a piece of college-ruled paper, stuff it in an envelope, pop a stamp on it, and shipped it off…no,no,no. I actually had the poem printed out in fancy Edwardian font onto two pieces of card stock paper, and glued it on the inside of a beautifully crafted Japanese greeting card. It’s those details that really go the extra mile!

• The shrine. This one actually sounds more over-the-top than what it really is. A shrine is by definition is (according to the internet): a place regarded as holy because of its association with a divinity or a sacred person or relic, typically marked by a building or other construction. Sure that sounds big and impressive. But for the sake of Gothic pining and romance, the shrine in this case is a small space on a shelf or, on an end table, on which you place little gifts, trinkets, and mementos that were given to you by object of desire. It doesn’t have to be a sacred monument to which you bow religiously before every night at the stroke of midnight…just a place, spot, or area that is devoted lovingly to them…Isn’t that sweet? 

• Suicide. Ok…this one is a bit heavy (*Note: I AM NOT CONDONING SUICIDE IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM!!!)…but back where I come from (France), for the extreme lovelorn, this was (and sometime still is) a viable and last-ditch option. The pain of lost, unrequited, or unattainable true love is so great that pining would become unbearable to the point of taking one’s own life to ease the suffering. I do not recommending this course of action for anyone who finds themselves in this situation…but when it comes to true Gothic pining you must at least, on some small level, understand and empathize with the notion.

There are a ton of other rituals and tidbits to add to this, but, as a whole, this is what this entire blog is about! The general rule of thumb here is to create and hold sacred small iconic elements that help you remember and keep close to your heart that special someone for whom your heart persistently aches for…especially if that someone is miles away, taken, or has passed away. And always remember the all too true adage: “Absence makes the heart grows fonder.”

See you in the Dark!

Sir William Welles